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2013-14

REALTOR
®
Technology
Survey Report
Report produced by the Center for REALTOR
®
Technology
The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS
®
is the world’s largest trade association,
representing over 1 million members.

The term REALTOR
®
is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate
professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS
®
(NAR) and
subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.

For more information about NAR, visit http://www.REALTOR.org.

The Center for REALTOR
®
Technology (CRT) is a department within NAR. Its purpose is to
serve the REALTOR
®
membership as an industry advocate, an implementation consultant, and
a technology resource. One of the major surveys carried out by CRT is the REALTOR
®

Technology Survey. It is conducted annually among a random sample of REALTORS
®
who have
provided a valid email address. Find out more about CRT by visiting
http://www.crt.realtors.org and their blog at http://crt.blogs.realtor.org.

430 N. Michigan Avenue | Chicago, IL 60611-4087 | 1-800-874-6500 | http://www.crt.realtors.org
1
Introduction
2013-14 REALTOR
®
Technology Survey Report
430 N. Michigan Avenue | Chicago, IL 60611-4087 | 1-800-874-6500 | http://www.crt.realtors.org
This report summarizes national findings collected in January 2014 among sales agents, associate brokers,
brokers, broker-owners, and managers regarding REALTOR
®
practices.  These groups account for 1,280
completed surveys.  (99 respondents listed “other” roles in real estate; these were screened out of the
survey.) This number is large enough for overall responses to be statistically valid and reflective of the general
population of REALTORS
®
to a margin of error of +/-2.74% at a 95% level of confidence. Respondents were
asked to look back 12 months (into 2013) and tell us about their real estate business experiences with
technology.

The purpose of this survey report is to provide a broad picture of REALTORS
®
’ technology characteristics and
needs.   Key topics covered are:
• Technology in General, p. 5-12
• Broker-Provided Technology, p. 13-15
• MLS-Provided Technology, p. 16-17
• Mobile Use in Business, p. 18-19
• Technology and REALTOR
®
Associations, p. 20-21
• Social Media & Networking, p. 22-24
• Lead Generation & Listings, p. 25-27
• Real Estate Websites, p. 28-30
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Table of Contents
2013-14 REALTOR
®
Technology Survey Report
More than half of REALTORS
®
now use Apple iPhones. iPhone use among REALTORS
®
continues
to increase and is now at 52% from 45% in 2012. Android use has decreased slightly to 36%, while
Blackberry continues to drop and is at 3% from 5%. Virtually all REALTORS
®
(93%) now use
smartphones of some kind in their businesses.

REALTORS
®
continue to find the most value in current technology tools that allow them to
conduct business quickly and conveniently, wherever they need to. Forms software, mobile
apps, electronic tablets, property databases, CRM solutions, and social media again top the list of
most valuable tools this year.

Most REALTORS
®
hear most often about new technology from their colleagues and friends, as
well from real estate news web sites and from NAR.

Smartphones and iPads (Airs and Minis) are the technology tools REALTORS
®
most often plan
to purchase in the next 12 months. But 37% do not plan to purchase any of the listed tools – a
slightly higher percentage than last year. REALTORS
®
report spending more on technology for
their businesses in 2013 than in 2012. Given the list of most valuable tools, this money may have
been spent updating current software, databases, CRM solutions, and on purchasing electronic
tablets.
Similar to 2012 findings, REALTORS
®
spend a median 44% of their time corresponding with and
doing work for their clients on mobile devices. 94% communicate with clients using a mobile
device.
Tech Tools
Tech Information
p. 10
Technology in General
p. 6
Technology in General
p. 10
Technology in General
p. 7
Technology in General
p. 19
Mobile Use in Business
Report Highlights
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91% of all REALTORS® use social media in some way, and 91% use it for their real
estate business. The average REALTOR
®
is comfortable using social media: 29% say they
are comfortable with it and 25% say they are extremely comfortable. REALTORS
®
who use
it generally do so to build relationships, network, and give themselves visibility and
exposure.

Similar to 2012, REALTORS
®
are most likely to access their state and local association
websites using desktop computers rather than smartphones or tablets.

Referrals, repeat business and the Internet remain the top three most important
methods of generating leads.

Industry news, class registration, tips (business and sales), and dues payment remain
the four most important functions that REALTORS
®
feel REALTOR
®
associations can offer
electronically via the web.
REALTOR.com
®
remains the web site where REALTORS
®
most often display their
listings. Zillow and Trulia were noted as the next top two web sites.
p. 23
Social Media & Networking
p. 21
Technology & REALTOR
®

Associations
Report Highlights
Communications
Associations
p. 27
Lead Generation & Listings
p. 21
Technology & REALTOR
®

Associations
Internet Use
p. 26
Lead Generation & Listings
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Technology in General
Report produced by the Center for REALTOR
®
Technology
Respondents were asked to list the three most valuable technology tools that they used in the last
year (excluding email and cell phone). The most common responses were similar to those cited in
2012:

• Real Estate software for forms and contracts such as Authentisign (new this year), DocuSign,
ZipForms, DotLoop, and FormSimplicity;
• Software and desktop tools such as Visual Tour, Adobe Acrobat, PDF Expert, Toolkit CMA, and
AppFolio;
• Mobile apps such as Dropbox, e-Key apps, Evernote, Google Maps, Open Home Pro, Paragon,
Supra;
• Tablets (iPad);
• Databases and property listing sites such as local MLSs, Realist (public records database),
REALTOR.com
®
, Trulia, & Zillow;
• CRM solutions like Top Producer and e-Edge (Keller Williams);
• Social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn.
As in 2012, REALTORS
®
emphasize tools that allow them to conduct business smoothly and
conveniently, wherever they need to. They also value tools that make them look technologically
savvy to their clients.
Technology in General
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Technology Survey Report
Colleagues, 54
51
Real Estate News
Websites, 45
44
NAR, 43
42
Friends, 42
39
Brokers, 35
38
Real Estate
Conferences, 32
32
Local Association
Newsletter, 28
29
Magazine Ads, 28
28
Real Estate
Blogs, 23
23
State Association
Newsletter, 20
21
Trade Shows, 19
21
Other, 12
12
State Association
Meeting, 10
10
Direct Mail, 10
11
2012 2013
Where do you learn about technology for real estate?
(by Percent)
COLOR KEY
Increase
Decrease
No Change
Technology in General
7
The following were
mentioned most
often under “Other”:
Classes, company
Meetings, and internet
searches.
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®
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Technology in General
Windows 7, 47
38
Windows XP, 24
15
Mac OS X, 11
14
Windows Vista,
11
7
Other, 4
1
Not Sure, 2
3
Windows 8, 22
(not tracked in 2012)
2012 2013
Which operating system do you primarily use?
(by Percent)
82% of REALTORS
®
use Windows operating systems, down slightly from 83%
in 2012. Use of Windows 8, which was not tracked in 2012 is at 22%;
this is equal to the amount all other Windows OSs decreased. Use of Mac
OS X increased to 14%.
COLOR KEY
Increase
Decrease
No Change
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Technology in General
Gmail, 28
32
Outlook
Desktop, 25
23
Yahoo, 17
9
outlook.com,
14
10
Company
email, 10
8
Other, 5
6
Aol, 5
5
Service
Provider, 5
2012 2013
Which email client do you use?
(by Percent)
Gmail use has increased from 27% to 32% as the email client
used most often among REALTORS
®
, while Outlook has held
steady in second place at 23%.
5
COLOR KEY
Increase
Decrease
No Change
IE, 50
38
Google
Chrome, 21
32
Firefox, 13
16
Safari, 8
9
Don't Know,
3
4
Other, 3
2
2012 2013
Which web browser do you use?
(by Percent)
While use of Internet Explorer (IE)
continues to trend down another 12%
from 2012, it remains the most commonly
used web browser. Google Chrome may
account for the decrease in IE use. Mozilla
Firefox increases slightly from 13% to 16%.
COLOR KEY
Increase
Decrease
No Change
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®
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Technology in General
37
16
15
12
12
8
6
6
5
5
3
3
3
2
2
0 40
None
iPad
Smartphone
Digital Camera
Windows Laptop
Windows Desktop
Android Tablet
Mac Laptop
Other
Surface
Video Camera
Wireless Card
Mac Desktop
GPS
Kindle
Which of the following do you plan on purchasing
this year? 
% for 2012
29% of REALTORS
®
plan to
purchase a tablet (iPad Air or
Mini, Android, Surface, or
Amazon Kindle) which is
slightly down from 33% in
2012. REALTORS
®
who
continue to say they don’t
plan to buy any new
technology in the next 12
months increased slightly
from 33% in 2012.
% %
10
iOS, 45
52
Android, 37
36
Don't use, 8
4
BlackBerry, 5
3 Not Sure, 2
3
Windows, 1
2
Other, 1
1
2012 2013
Which operating system does your business
smartphone run?
(by Percent)
Use of iPhones among REALTORS
®
continues to increase
from 45% to 52%; over half of REALTORS
®
now use
iPhones. Android use has held steady at 36%, and
Blackberry is now at 3% from 5% in 2012. Most of the
few “other” comments were “Samsung.”
COLOR KEY
Increase
Decrease
No Change
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®
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Technology in General
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8
9
15
27
22
12
5
3
4
5
11
21
22
19
8
9
0 30
< $100
$100-250
$251-500
$501-1,000
$1,001-2,000
$2,001-3,000
$3,001-5,000
> $5,000
How much did you spend on technology for your
business in the last 12 months?
Agents
Brokers
%
Agents spent a median of
$848 in the last 12 months
on technology for use in
their real estate business,
while Brokers spent a
median $1,410 (up from
$1,122 in 2012).
%
30
15
17
21
11
4
2
1
18
15
16
20
16
8
2
4
0 30
< $100
$100-250
$251-500
$501-1,000
$1,001-2,000
$2,001-3,000
$3,001-5,000
> $5,000
How much did you spend on technology NOT for your
business in the last 12 months?
Agents
Brokers
%
REALTORS
®
spent a
median of $354 in the last
12 months on technology
NOT related to their real
estate business, this is a
small increase from $300
spent in 2012. 28% spent
less than $100, down from
31%.
%
Broker-Provided Technology
12
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®
Technology
55
6
12
9
6
6
3
1
2
0 55
No Fee
< $20
$21-40
$41-60
$61-80
$81-100
$101-150
$151-200
> $200
What is the monthly technology fee paid to your
broker?
Over half of agents and associate
brokers pay no monthly
technology fee to their brokers.
This is unchanged from 2012.
% %
% for 2012
Broker-Provided Technology
28
34
15
6
4
12
0 35
Exceptional
Reasonable
Neutral
Not Enough
Poor
No Tech.
Provided
How would you rate the value of the technology
supplied by your broker?
62% of Agents and Broker-Associates find reasonable or
exceptional value in the technology supplied by their brokers.
This is essentially unchanged from 2012.
% for 2012
% %
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Yes, 45 No, 23 No Opinion, 32
0% 50% 100%
Do you want your broker to expand the amount of technology
they offer you?
Similar to 2012, nearly half (45%) of Agents and Broker-Associates would like their
broker to expand the amount of technology they offer them.
These REALTORS
®
were asked what they expect from their brokers’
technology offerings. Many of these suggestions were similar to
2012. Cited most often were:
A Good CRM Database A more professional website
A better computer Ease of use
Reliable & faster internet Cutting-edge technology
Keeping agents up-to-date on
technology trends
More technology support/training
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Broker-Provided Technology
MLS-Provided Technology
15
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®
Technology
Yes, 62 No, 12
No Opinion,
26
0% 50% 100%
Do you want your MLS to expand the technology
and services offered?
Similar to 2012, 62% of REALTORS
®
would like their MLS to
expand the technology and services offered.

Suggestions for improvement include: better accessibility/better
mobile capabilities; better mobile apps; improved CMA software;
more ease of use; updated information; and training.
16
MLS-Provided Technology
24
48
13
10
4
0 50
Exceptional
Reasonable
Neutral
Not Enough
Poor
How would you rate the value of your MLS
system for the price you pay? 
48% of all REALTORS
®
find reasonable value in their MLS; 24%
find exceptional value in it. This is essentially unchanged from
2012.
% for 2012
The most valuable tools provided by MLSs cited most
often are:
Comps/CMAs
Auto-emails to clients/auto-
prospecting
Education Public records
Property history information IMAPP/mapping
Realist RPR
Statistics Forms
Authentisign/Docusign Tax information
%
%
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®
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Mobile Use in Business
17
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®
Technology
Mobile Use in Business
18
3
7
11
14
12
10
10
7
14
8
4
0 15
0%
1-10%
11-20%
21-30%
31-40%
41-50%
51-60%
61-70%
71-80%
81-90%
91-100%
REALTORS
®
spend
a median 44% of
their time
corresponding with
and doing work for
their clients on
mobile devices.
About what percentage of your time do you spend
corresponding with and doing work for your clients on
mobile devices (smartphones, tablets)?
% for 2012
94
Take/post
photos, 60
68
Read news,
59
62
Manage
documents,
37
41
CRM, 32
35
Take/post
videos, 22
27
Create
listings, 10
13
Other, 4 4
Rarely Use, 3
2
2012 2013 (Data Labels by Percent)
The vast majority (94%) of REALTORS
®
communicate with clients
using a mobile device. About two out of three take/post photos
(68%) and read/consume news (62%); this is an increase from 2012.
Communicate
w/clients, 94
Which of the following activities do you engage in for
work purposes using a mobile device?  
COLOR KEY
Increase
Decrease
No Change
%

T
i
m
e

S
p
e
n
t

% %
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Technology & REALTOR
®
Associations
19
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®
Technology
Technology & REALTOR
®
Associations
20
72
71
64
64
61
53
37
18
7
0 80
Industry News
Class Registration
Dues Payment
Tips (Business/
Sales)
Event Registration
Maintain Profile
Info.
Email
RPAC Donations
Other
What are the most important functions that REALTOR
®

associations can offer electronically via the web?  
% for 2012
77
12
11
10
59
31
13
30
58
0% 50% 100%
Local
State
National
1 2 3
Which of your REALTOR
®
association websites do you access
the most?   Please rank these from 1 to 3, where 1 = MOST and
3 = LEAST.
79
14
7
14
50
36
8
36
56
0% 50% 100%
Desktop/Laptop
Mobile
Tablet
1 2 3
Below are some general device types you might use to access
Your local or state association’s website.  Ranked from 1 to 3,
where 1 is the device used MOST often and 3 is used
LEAST.
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% %
Social Media & Networking
21
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®
Technology
22
Social Media & Networking
25
29
23
11
2
9
0 30
Extremely
Comfortable
Comfortable
Somewhat
Comfortable
Uncomfortable
Extremely
Uncomfortable
Do not use
How comfortable are you using social media?
91% of all REALTORS
®
use social media in some way, and
91% use it for their real estate business. This is essentially
unchanged from 2012.
56
45
38
30
26
24
12
0 60
Prefer More
Personal
Contact
Don't Trust It
Not Interested
Don't have time
Don't know how
to use it
Don't see return
on investment
Other
What are the reasons you do not use social
media for your real estate business?
% %
% %
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23
Social Media & Networking
70
64
51
47
45
43
34
34
33
20
10
0 80
Building
relationships/
Visibility/Exposure/
Marketing
Free advertising
Promoting listings
Easy
communication
Prospecting for
clients
I learn from it
Clients expect it
I enjoy it
Good return on
investment
Other
What are the reasons you use social media for
your real estate business? Choose all that apply.
The majority of REALTORS
®
who do use social media for their real
estate business tend to use it mainly to build relationships/network
(70%) and for visibility/exposure/marketing (64%).
77
75
34
34
31
19
15
9
6
5
3
0 80
Facebook
LinkedIn
Google+
YouTube
Twitter
Real Estate
Blogs
My Own Blog
None
Other
Klout
Flickr
For real estate business purposes, which of the
following do you participate in?
Facebook and LinkedIn continue to be the social media tools that
REALTORS
®
use most, use of both has increased since 2012, back
to usage levels seen in 2011.
% for 2012
% % % %
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®
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Lead Generations & Listings
24
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®
Technology
25
Lead Generation & Listings
88
83
21
24
11
13
11
6
8
11
31
26
21
19
14
8
3
3
28
24
25
24
15
13
0% 50% 100%
Referrals
Repeat Business
Community Involvement
Personal Advertising
Direct Mail
Open Houses
Floor Time
Telemarketing
5 - Very Important 4 - Important 3 - Somewhat Important
2 - Not Very Important 1 - Not at all important Not Applicable
How important are each of the following in generating your leads?
81
17
15
4
2
1
0 85
I do
A dept. in our
brokerage
My broker
Other
A vendor
Not sure
Who does the marketing for your listings?  
76
28
8
5
2
0 80
I pay
My broker
My franchise
Other
Not sure
Who pays for the marketing of your listings?
% %
% %
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Lead Generation & Listings
22
15
14
13
10
9
6
4
3
2
2
1
0 25
Company
Website
Personal Website
Other
REALTOR.com®
Facebook
Zillow
Trulia
Craigslist
Market Leader
ReferralMaker
CRM
Constant Contact
E-Edge
Which of the following is the single best marketing
software/website for generating new leads? 
79
71
70
65
57
56
49
42
35
35
32
28
23
16
8
0 80
REALTOR.com®
Zillow
Trulia
Broker Site
My Own Site
IDX Sites
Local Association
Facebook
Yahoo
Craigslist
Franchise (nat'l)
site
Local Newspaper
Site
Other Broker
VOW Sites
Magazine Site
Other
What are the web sites where your listings are
displayed?
26
% % % %
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27
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®
Technology
28
Real Estate Websites
Yes, 72 No, 28
0% 50% 100%
Do you have a real estate agent website?
Yes, 82 No, 18
0% 50% 100%
Do you have a real estate company website?
33
28
18
8
5
1
7
10
26
22
19
12
6
5
0 35
$0-100
$101-500
$501-1,000
$1,001-2,000
$2,001-5,000
$5,001+
Not sure
How much do you spend annually on your
website?
Agents
Brokers
54
18
6
2
1
2
17
46
24
9
4
3
4
10
0 55
Up to 5 hrs
6-15 hrs
16-25 hrs
26-35 hrs
36-45 hrs
45+ hrs
Not Sure
How much time is invested on your website on a
monthly basis?
Agents
Brokers
Brokers spend slightly more time per month on their websites:
49% spend more than 5 hours per month.
% %
% %
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Brokers spend a median of $761
per year on their websites, up
somewhat from $697 in 2012.
Agents and broker associates
spend a median $379 – an
increase from $303 in 2012.
Real Estate Websites
12
25
21
20
12
9
0 25
Excellent
Good
Fair
Not Good
Enough
Poor
Not Sure
In general, how would you describe the return on
investment you receive from your website?
Yes, 38
Yes, 26
No, 62
No, 74
0% 50% 100%
Agents
Brokers
Do consumers have to register to access listing
information on your web site? 
Yes, 93
Yes, 87
No, 7
No, 13
0% 50% 100%
Agents
Brokers
Do you have listing search capabilities on your
web site?    
Yes, 28
Yes, 36
No, 72
No, 64
0% 50% 100%
Agents
Brokers
Are you satisfied with the amount of web leads
you receive?  
29
% %
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Contact Information for This Report
  
National Association of REALTORS
®

Marketing Research Department
430 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
 
Lisa Herceg
Director of Marketing Research
Marketing Research
312-329-8563
lherceg@realtors.org
 
Karen Bebart
Vice President
Marketing, Promotions & Marketing Research
312-329-8359
kbebart@realtors.org

Data Visualization & Design Work

Chad Curry
Managing Director
Center for REALTOR
®
Technology
312-329-8285
ccurry@realtors.org
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